The acting attorney general who was fired by the president after opposing his immigration ban has been nominated for a JFK Courage Award.

Sally Yates sparked controversy after she refused to back Trump’s travel ban which halted admission to refugees and as well as immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Yates announced that her staff at the Justice Department is not “convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”

President Trump promptly terminated her employment;  “The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

“Ms Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country.”

Democrat politician Jackie Speier has announced she has nominated Yates for the Profile in Courage Award, which is presented in memory of former President John F Kennedy, and it’s “the nation’s most prestigious award for public servants”.

The award’s mission statement says: “The award recognizes a public official (or officials) at the federal, state or local level whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Profiles in Courage, President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book, which recounts the stories of eight U.S. Senators who risked their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good.”